Definition of licorice
1a : the dried root of a European leguminous plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers; also : an extract of this used especially in medicine, liquors, and confectioneryb : a candy flavored with licorice or a substitute (such as anise)
2 : a plant yielding licorice; also : a related plant
Recent Examples of licorice from the Web
Combine this with the intentional discoloration of the ball — fielders used to spit tobacco juice or licorice juice into their gloves and rub the ball in it.
All kinds—liquid and solid—everything, except licorice.
While all of the six courses evoke unexpected flavors, one of our favorites is a melted 18-month-old Austrian Alpine cheese with pear and licorice, coupled with a cider and stone pine drink.
Taste: Cranberry and a touch of blueberries, macerated fruit, jammy with a dry finish, red licorice and coffee notes.
This made the list by squeaking past a portrait of Justin Bieber made from licorice, gummy bears and hard candies by Mexican artist Cristiam Ramos.
A sprig of fresh basil Genovese, the basil in classic Italian pesto, smells sweet and heady and has layers of flavors, including a hint of licorice.
Apache Sunset’s finely cut, silvery-gray leaves are highly aromatic, with the scent of licorice and mint.
Made of 87 percent merlot, this one was floral and toasty, with notes of black cherry and black licorice.
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LICORICE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of licorice for English Language Learners
: a candy made from the dried root of a European plant
LICORICE Defined for Kids
Definition of licorice for Students
1 : the dried root of a European plant or a juice from it used in medicine and in candy
2 : candy flavored with licorice
Medical Definition of licorice
1: a European leguminous plant of the genus Glycyrrhiza (G. glabra) with pinnate leaves and spikes of blue flowers
2a: glycyrrhiza 2b: an extract of glycyrrhiza commonly prepared in the form of a gummy or rubbery paste
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